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Three Ways to Productively Procrastinate

lazy coworkerIf you’ve been known to procrastinate from time to time, this post’s for you.

How many times have you attempted to tackle a lofty task or goal only to get distracted?

Well, what happens when distraction actually becomes a productive use of your time? The initial goal is being brushed under the rug but you’ve managed to at least get something else done. Read more

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New Survey Reveals Top Distractions at the Office…Social Media, Anyone?

stop wasting timeIf you think surfing the internet and chatting at the water cooler are top ways to procrastinate, guess what? You’re right.

According to a Robert Half Management Resources survey of top chief financial officers, several time wasters are alive and well in the office.

In fact, 32 percent of executives in the survey indicated non-business online use like social media is the biggest distraction of them all. Talking with colleagues came in second and taking personal phone calls came in third. Read more

Five Ways to Stop Procrastinating at the Office

And by procrastinating we also mean distracting yourself with Olympics coverage which can suck you right away from deadlines and other work deliverables.

According to a post on U.S. News & World Report, Rebecca Thorman wrote, get clarification. “Get clear on what you’re supposed to do.¬†Figure out the desired end result and whether there are preferred formats or processes you should use to get there.”

Secondly, along with clarity comes writing. Could you write out each step in tremendous detail and then tackle the least favorite one first? In other words, she pointed out in the piece, “Do the worst first.” (So yes, this graph actually combines reasons two and three in a pretty red bow.)

It’ll give you a sense of accomplishment plus, when you’re bound to procrastinate later on you won’t feel so darn guilty. Of course, the element of time may be factored into play as well. If the most difficult task ends up taking more time than anticipated, at least you’ll have additional time afterward in case it spills into later hours. The contrary is a bit bleak; tackling the tough tasks later on means you could be tired, unclear, and also running out of time.

For another tactic, you can tackle the easiest one first. Reach for the low hanging fruit if the most difficult one creates agita; you’ll gain momentum as you begin crossing things off your list.

Lastly, and we really like this one, work less! Take a break, walk outside, get a breath of fresh air.

Thorman wrote, “Working too much is counter-productive and breeds resentment. Take a break and enjoy a view of the world that’s not blocked by your computer screen. Even a 15-minute walk down your stairwell and back can give you enough energy to get motivated.”